Read about the environmental and economic issues associated with the controversial natural gas extraction method hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking."
To get the scoop on the anti-fracking documentary sequel, Gasland Part II, listen to Ecocentric blog perspectives in this roundtable EcoChat podcast. Topics include the highly anticipated film's position in the fracking debate and its potential impact on the anti-fracking movement.
The farmland sitting on top of the shale is known for producing raisins, nuts, fruits, vegetable and cotton. Given California's rich oil history, oil and agriculture interests have co-existed for a long time, but fracking could pit the two against each other.
The announcement that the health review of fracking in New York State will continue past its deadline has delayed (yet again) the ultimate decision of whether the contentious natural gas extraction process will be permitted in the Empire State.
Is Promised Land a movie about fracking? Or is it a movie about the lengths we're willing to go to to save our small towns? The film asks the question. This review can help you find an answer.
After nearly 30 years building a life outside the tiny town of White Earth, North Dakota, Brenda and Richard Jorgenson's idyllic rural lifestyle took a turn for the nightmarish. Turns out North Dakota's rise to second largest oil producing state has come at a cost to residents.
Amy Hardberger, an assistant professor at St. Mary’s School of Law, talked with us recently about water and energy policy, how the two are linked, the effects of the ongoing US drought and her path as a geologist, attorney, environmentalist and professor.
Despite all the oil and gas industry rhetoric this presidential campaign year, there can be serious health and environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel extraction. Just ask farmer, John Peters, whose hay fields were ruined by gas drilling wastewater.
The NRDC Community Fracking Defense Project has been launched in fives states to provide those concerned about fracking with legal and policy assistance. Could that be your community?
UPDATE: For many Indian farmers their fantastic ride with all-in guar production came to a jarring halt and carried with it financial ruin. This is just another stop in the uncertain world of fossil fuel extraction, one whose economic model is based on the old "boom-bust."
At July’s Stop the Frack Attack in Washington, we met with Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch to get her take on fracking and farming, whether natural gas is actually a bridge fuel and what will happen if Governor Andrew Cuomo approves hydraulic fracturing in New York State.
With all eyes on New York State's rumored upcoming moves on shale-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a recent Washington Post op-ed by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and fracking pioneer, George Mitchell, weighed in on the possibility of limited fracking in the state's Southern Tier.
As promised, we're happy to bring you some of the sights and sounds of Stop the Frack Attack’s rally and march in Washington, D.C. on July 28. You'll get to hear a bit from Josh Fox, Bill McKibben and other speakers - plus a very enthusiastic crowd.
What if the natural gas industry promises of high production rates, lots and lots of jobs and increased tax revenues are mostly smoke and mirrors, designed to make energy corporations, bankers and a handful of landowners rich? United for Action asked the same question. Here are some answers.
We still don’t understand all of the risks associated with fracking, or even if we can manage them. Will Governor Andrew Cuomo move ahead anyway and open New York State to fracking?
Josh Fox weighs into the NYS fracking debate with a compelling new 18-minute video "The Sky is Pink" addressed directly to Governor Cuomo. Fox argues that "just as there is no safe cigarette, there is no safe drilling."
Ecocentric's Kyle Rabin is moderating a panel at the Brooklyn Food Conference today on the interrelated nature of food, water and energy systems, so we thought we'd share some facts with our readers who aren't able to attend.